Aug 29, 2010 8:00am EDT
new orleans. it was shot by tony, a veteran nbc news photojournalist. a man named duane jones came up to tony on the street and demanded he grab his camera and come see what was happening at the convention center. what tony recorded that day horrified us all and haunts him to this day. >> there were just thousands of people on both sides of the road, in the middle of the road. i thought i entered the twilight zone. it was something that i have never ever seen in my life. especially in the united states. >> this is not -- rich people, poor people. it's about people. nobody wants to hurt anybody in the city. >> i just saw people like me laying there, starving, dying. yelling. >> we need help. >> i got to separate from this. i got to back up. then i went into this mode where i just had to document how bad it was because i didn't think anybody was going to believe me. >> they haven't eaten. they haven't had no water. they haven't taken a bath. how are we going to survive out here? >> we need help, sir. >> reporter: you became a pretty able ambassador for these people and their suffering.